Saturday, 28 May 2011

Bike Review #01 - The 'Laux'

"Vo Thi Sau is a treasure trove of  bike shops and the astute cyclist can sometimes find a bargian or 3".

Today we will look at my recent purchase, "The LauX'! An unashamedly Chinese branded beast which trys so hard to be something its not...but in the process becomes something else!

2" deep track rims on a flat bar hybrid? Why? Who knows but it works for me and the acceleration you get with these inflexible wheel set is exciting. I fell in love with this bike as soon as I saw it but on close inspection noticed it needed a few improvements.


  • New bottom bracket (seal unit)

  • New tyres

  • New Derailleur

  • New Cranks

  • SPD Pedals

Something to build on; The frame and forks however are ideal. This is a 48cm frame which suits me well. The race saddle and flat bars allow good handling through the Saigon traffic and the generic caliper brakes do the job...but only just. Cranks are too short and of low quality. Rear Derailleur is a joke, but the frame, forks, decent quality head stem and bars and of course those dead sexy rims are something to build on.!

Price; 4m VND ($190USD)

Where; Vo Thi Sau (East side)

Rating; 6.5/10


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